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Surrey City Energy is the City-owned district energy system that supplies residential, commercial and institutional buildings in City Centre with heat and hot water.

This district energy system is key to establishing a renewable energy future for the city. View the video below to see how Surrey City Energy is one of several energy-related initiatives that will make City Centre and West Village neighbourhood vibrant and environmentally sustainable.


What is "district energy"?

District energy systems are a cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable means of supplying heat and hot water to buildings. A district energy system produces hot water at centralized facilities and then distributes this hot water by way of a dedicated pipe system to heat buildings in a defined neighourhood or “district.”

District energy is a key strategy for the city to:

  • Improve energy efficiency;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
  • Provide competitive and stable long-term energy pricing.

Fuelled by renewable energy sources

District energy reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by utilizing low GHG-emission energy sources. While Surrey City Energy will rely primarily on natural gas as fuel in the short term, the district energy system is flexible and will be modified to be fuelled by low-GHG emission energy sources over time. For example, in 2017, Surrey City Energy will be incorporating renewable heat generated from the geothermal wells installed under the City Hall building and Plaza. Other likely energy sources include:

  • Organic waste (kitchen scraps, etc.) from residential homes throughout Surrey;
  • Solar from the sun;
  • Biomass from clean waste wood;
  • Waste heat from buildings, industry and waste water.

West Village Energy Centre & Park

Surrey’s first permanent district energy centre will be co-located with West Village Park  at 10357 133 Street.

The centre is being built not only as a functional facility, but as a part of the park, with interpretive/educational components. Open facades on the centre will allow viewing of the internal functions from the outside, and it will serve as an amenity for local neighbourhood residents as well as visitors who will be able to view the inner workings of this showcase facility. The centre and park are currently under construction. Completion is slated for 2018.

Questions?

If you have any questions or comments about Surrey City Energy, including the new West Village Energy Centre, contact JOwen@surrey.ca.